Police chief dares UJC chief

‘Salahuddin Should Come Here And Then Issue Threats’


Jammu, Dec 4: Daring United Jihad Council (UJC) chief Syed Salahuddin to come to Jammu and Kashmir and issue threats from here, Director General of Police (DGP) Ashok Prasad Tuesday said police is perfectly equipped to take care of his threats.
“He (Salah-ud-Din) is little too far from here - he is out of our reach - he should come here and then issue statements (of threats),” Prasad told reporters here.
“As far as his threats of violence, J&K Police is perfectly equipped to take care of it (threats),” he said.
Prasad was replying to a volley of questions about the threat of Syed Salahuddin to trigger violence and target Panchayat members in Jammu and Kashmir.
“We have taken care of it (threats) in the past - I think police would be able to maintain level of order - we had been managing it for past 4-5 years now,” he said.
Salahuddin had, in an interview with Delhi-based Tehelka magazine, last month said that New Delhi was "exploiting Panchs and Sarpanchs to project Kashmir as pro-India" and that they will “continue to be targeted no matter how much government tries to secure them.”
However, later a Hizbul Mujahideen spokesman said that Salahuddin was misquoted on the issue. Speaking at the occasion, the Additional Director General (ADG) of Armed Police, K Rajendra said "93 percent of polling (in MLC elections yesterday) is an answer to Syed Salahuddin's threat”.
The DGP also played down the recent clashes in parts of Srinagar saying, “Such clashes are not new it happens everywhere”.
Meanwhile, the DGP said that in a bid to upgrade capacity of the border fencing in the state to survive harsh weather conditions, the Government of India (GoI) is mulling on setting up group of engineers to look into the issue.
“I think Government of India is contemplating setting up a group of engineers who will look at the problem (all weather border fencing in J&K) to see whether it is possible or not,” Prasad told reporters here.
Prasad added that considering the fact that 90 per cent of militancy is coming from across the border, the all weather fencing would lead to zero infiltration in the state.
He added that if the barbed-wire fence along the Line of Control (LoC) was made all weather, "the level of peace we have in Jammu and Kashmir can become permanent. Zero infiltration can give us zero militancy”.

Lastupdate on : Tue, 4 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 4 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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